Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Elyot, what is the problem with being a specialist?

2. What rattles Amanda and Elyot's new-found cheer?

3. After the phone call, Amanda is worrying about her future with Elyot and what should happen when their spouses find them. What does Elyot urge her to do to calm her fears?

4. According to Amanda, what did Victor love to do?

5. What is Amanda wearing in Act II?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Elyot being hypocritical about Amanda's disclosure of her post-marital affairs?

2. Why does Amanda call out "triple Sollocks?"

3. Why would Elyot say that he and Amanda would have been perfectly happy with Victor and Sibyl?

4. What do the reactions of Victor and Sibyl to the spectacle of Amanda and Elyot fighting suggest about their personalities?

5. What sets off the very first argument of Act II?

6. Is Amanda being honest when she says she would never have been happy with Victor and how is it apparent?

7. What are some of the things that initially attracted Amanda to Victor?

8. After Amanda and Elyot make up during the "triple Sollocks," what happens that brings their happy mood down again and why?

9. What are Amanda and Elyot arguing about when Elyot first calls "Sollocks?"

10. What are Amanda's beliefs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Amanda and Elyot have a deep, involved history of being passionately in love and being just as violently hateful toward each other.

1) Compare and contrast the relationship between Amanda and Elyot versus their relationships with Victor and Sibyl. Discuss the similarities and differences using specific examples from the script.

2) How do you believe the new marriages would have worked out had Elyot and Amanda not run away together? Specifically, would Elyot and Amanda have been able to reconcile their "private lives" to their new spouses?

3) In your opinion, should Elyot and Amanda ever again attempt to stay together? Support your arguments with specific examples from the script.

Essay Topic 2

Is it important that these characters are rich and upper-class? How would this play have changed if Amanda and Elyot were not as rich as they are written? Is the glamor and sophistication absolutely necessary? How does it affect the fights? Do you believe that this is meant to be a statement on the behaviors of the upper-class? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the genre of this play. As a comedy of manners, how does it play to the reader's expectations? How are the characters drawn within the confines of this type of play? Is the plot consistent with a comedy of manners?

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